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Chapter History

Manatee Chapter of Anna Maria, Florida, was organized in Bradenton

on the 14th of September, 1951. The Manatee name was

drawn from the County, from one of the oldest towns of the West Coast

of Florida, and from the wide, beautiful river that flows past our doors.

The Organizing Regent was Blanche Wheeler Hendrickson.

There was a full complement of chapter officers and thirty-two organizing

members. By the end of the second year, the chapter had

doubled its membership.

The meetings were held on the second Thursday of each month,

October through May, beginning a little before

ten o'clock and at adjourning at noon. This still remains the

same except for meeting in members' homes.

The chapter also meets at a library or at a country club.

Much has been accomplished over the years. In October 2001,

the chapter proudly celebrated the fiftieth anniversary of its founding.

We pray that America will stand firm against those who wish to destroy us,

and that 2026, our 75th year,

will find us strong and united, one nation under God.

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